While Total Wine is being built across the street from the ShopRite on Cherry Street, construction for a new and improved ShopRite will begin soon.
According to Harry Garafalo, the owner of the supermarket and president of Garafalo Markets LLC, the new grocery store will start being built toward the end of August or early September. It should be completed around the summer or fall of 2016.
Also, a restaurant pad and possibly a gas station will be built in the area.
Customers are looking forward to the new store.
“I think [the new store] will be a wonderful addition to Milford,” said Beth Boyd of Milford. “I always think it's great when things are new and advanced. My family enjoys shopping there because it's always well stocked and neat and clean.”
The current Shop Rite has been in its location for 22 years, and since it is outdated, establishing a new store seemed like the way to go, especially since it is not the easiest solution to expand and renovate, Garafalo said.
Another regular customer agreed that building a new store was the way to go.
“I think the new ShopRite location is a great idea because the current one really needed to be expanded,” said Mary Fenton of Milford. “It was very crowded with narrow aisles, making it difficult to shop, so I'm hoping the new store makes shopping an easier and more enjoyable experience.”
According to Garafalo the new grocery store will be 68,000 square feet, and the parking lot will have a total of 340 spots. ShopRite will have an expanded food service and will include more organic items. The bakery and floral area will be larger, he said. Also, the health and beauty section will have more to offer, and shoppers can take advantage of a pharmacy and even a nutritionist.
“I'm sure [the new store] will be exciting, good for my family and good for Milford,” said Boyd.
The old Showcase Cinemas building was demolished to make room for the new retail site that will be anchored by the new and expanded ShopRite store.
In 2014 Milford’s Planning and Zoning Board approved a petition from Attorney John Knuff to construct retail stores, a restaurant and gasoline station at the 10.85-acre property, owned by 230 Cherry Milford LLC and BVS Investors LLC.
Ceruzzi Holdings is developing the site, and has experience with Milford developments. The company completed Milford Crossing on the Boston Post Road, plus Lowes and the Hilton Garden Inn.
“Ceruzzi Holdings has teamed with a proposed anchor tenant who is nothing less than a pillar of the Milford community,” Knuff said, according to meeting minutes from 2014. “Harry Garafalo, the owner of the ShopRite located on Cherry Street, has earned an impeccable reputation in the city; not only with his customers but with his neighbors in the current store. This project presents Harry with the opportunity for [him] and his team to build a new state-of-the-art grocery store in order to provide an even better customer experience and greater employment opportunities.”
The layout for the property includes the new ShopRite grocery store; a retail store of 25,000 square feet along Cherry Street, plus a restaurant and fueling station.
“Fueling facilities have become an important and integral part of grocery stores,” Knuff is recorded as saying. “This one will be a ShopRite fueling facility. It will have eight fueling positions and there will be a small convenience retail store on that location.”
The current Milford ShopRite in the Bob’s Shopping Plaza was built 22 years ago and is limited in its ability to expand and has limited access in parking, minutes state.
In 2014 ShopRite had 220 employees, and the new store was projected to add up to 40 new jobs.
“The new project will be a state-of-the-art building which will have a number of key elements which will allow ShopRite to better compete against the larger competitors, along with building elements that will make it good neighbors to the businesses and residents around the store,” according to Planning and Zoning Board meeting minutes. “The new building will be 20% larger than the current facility. There will be more parking and better in and out access. The new location will ensure that Shop-Rite will continue to be part of the Milford community for the next 20 years.”